Articles on Rethink:Europe

The Swede spot: Why Stockholm needs flexible coalitions (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 19 October 2020

Sweden needs to stay flexible – and avoid getting stuck in one coalition – if it wants to use its power in the EU to the fullest.

Why Germany lost its way on climate policy (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 14 October 2020

The Greens’ drive and plans will be essential if Germany is to regain a leadership role on European climate policy.

The provincial German-Polish relationship (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 06 October 2020

One should not expect a parting of the ways between Poland and Germany in the near future so much as the further provincialisation of their relations in a changing European Union.

How Germany could break the migration deadlock (Commentary)

Clara Sophie Cramer - 05 October 2020

The German Council presidency should work within a coalition of the willing to find a solution on migration. 

United in distrust: How France and Poland can repair their broken relations (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 23 September 2020

The French and Polish governments are at loggerheads over questions of values and foreign policy. But each side can take steps to renew relations.

The frugal blues: An underappreciated threat to the European project (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 15 September 2020

It would be premature to conclude that the frugal four are, or will remain, happy about the EU’s budgetary deal.

Brexit as perpetual motion: Why Boris Johnson will never stop fighting the EU (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 11 September 2020

It is in the British prime minister’s interests to carry on a ‘war with Brussels’, no matter how tired EU leaders already are of the issue.

How the frugal four could grow in number and influence (Commentary)

Catharina Sørensen - 07 September 2020

Brexit has denied Denmark a regular ally in EU negotiations. Copenhagen can find new friends – but it should start the hard yards now. 

Why Finland never joined the frugal four (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 September 2020

Recent signs that Finland has joined the “frugal four” are overstated, but one member of the group may well be its closest coalition partner.


How “frugality” hurts the climate cause – and how to undo the damage (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 17 August 2020

Member states that dug their heels in during the EU recovery negotiations should now form a new climate coalition to achieve more than the July deal.